Burchett seeks answers from Postmaster General DeJoy, Speaker Pelosi
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (Aug. 17, 2020) – Today, U.S. Representative Tim Burchett (TN-02) sent two separate letters to Postmaster General Louis DeJoy and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. The letters address Rep. Burchett’s concerns regarding recent changes at the United States Postal Service (USPS), as well as the lack of legislative activity on a bipartisan COVID-19 response bill.
Postmaster General Dejoy, working with the USPS Board of Governors, recently made several operational and spending changes that have significantly altered mail service for millions of Americans, including those in East Tennessee communities. The changes delayed timely delivery of essential pieces of mail, such as prescription drugs and tax information.
"While I appreciate Postmaster General DeJoy’s intentions to create a more efficient federal postal service, it is clear these changes are not actually making operations more efficient. Rather than improving operations, the Postmaster General’s changes are disrupting critical mail service for small business owners, seniors, veterans and everyday consumers in my district and across the country," said Rep. Burchett.
Meanwhile, Speaker Pelosi announced the House of Representatives will be called back to Washington solely to vote on Postal Service issues. This announcement comes at a time when House Committee leaders are not holding any hearings or mark-ups related to the next Coronavirus relief measure.
"Speaker Pelosi needs to explain why a bill regarding the postal service is more important than House membership working together on a broader, bipartisan Coronavirus relief package that could also include resources for the Postal Service. It’s unacceptable for the Speaker to narrow the House of Representative’s focus to just a single issue when we should be addressing the greater impact of the Coronavirus pandemic," Rep. Burchett said.
The most recent action on additional Coronavirus relief measures were negotiations between a select few House and Senate leaders and the White House on August 7. Members have been instructed to remain in their districts until there is an agreement, but Rep. Burchett strongly believes the House of Representatives should be in Washington working on the next COVID-19 bill through the regular committee process that assures all Americans’ voices are represented.
"The entire Congress needs to be involved in the next response to the Coronavirus," said Rep. Burchett. “Leaving negotiations up to a handful of political leaders clearly failed, and it is time for a new approach. Members need to be in Washington working on this bill through the committee process to deliver an effective federal response."
Rep. Burchett has previously urged reforms at the USPS. On April 27, Rep. Burchett sent a letter to President Donald Trump urging his administration to make modernization recommendations to the USPS Board of Governors. That letter is available here.
Click here to read Rep. Burchett’s letter to Postmaster General DeJoy, and click here to read the letter to Speaker Pelosi.